St. Mary & St. Charles St. Mary & St. John Parishes

St. Mary & St. Charles
St. Mary & St. John Parishes
Welcome You:
We welcome you to our parishes and our community. If you
would like to become a member of one of our parishes, please
contact the parish office (994-2526, Bloomington or725-5595,
Cassville) to register. For those who are interested in
becoming Catholic or returning to the Catholic Church,
please contact Fr. John.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Fr. John will be available to hear confessions from 3:45-4:15
p.m. every Saturday at the church that has the 4:30 p.m.
Mass. The other times for the sacrament of reconciliation are
as follows:
St. Mary Church, Glen Haven– 7:40-7:50 p.m. on Saturday
St. John’s Church, Patch Grove-7:40-7:50 a.m. on Sunday
St. Mary Church, Bloomington-7:30 –7:50 a.m. every Thurs.
May God bless our new parents! Please contact Fr. John to
schedule the baptism of your child at your church and to
attend a baptismal preparation session.
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Please call
Fr. John at least six months in advance of the wedding. One
of the parties must be a practicing Catholic.
Anointing of the Sick:
Whenever someone is seriously ill, hospitalized, or is dying,
please contact the Bloomington parish office immediately. If
you or someone you know is sick and would like to be
included in the Mass prayers, please call the parish office.
Please contact Fr. John if you or someone you know would
like to learn more about becoming a priest, brother, sister,
deacon, or lay church minister. Please pray for more
vocations to the priesthood and all religious ministries!!!
St. Charles and St. Mary’s School -Faith, Family and
Academic Excellence:
To register your child, please call Ms. Julie Zenz (St. Mary’s)
at 994-2435 or Ms. Barb Mason (St. Charles) at 725-5173.
St. Mary and St. Charles Schools admits students of any race,
color, national and ethnic origin.
Bulletin Notices: Please submit bulletin notices in writing
to the parish office ([email protected]) on Monday.
Parish website:
St. Charles Parish Office Hours: Please call the office
St. Mary’s Parish Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-3:00
Rev. John Meinholz
P.O. Box 35
Bloomington, WI 53804
[email protected] (Julie M Jentz)
[email protected] (Marcia Fure)
First Sunday of Lent
February 22, 2015
Fr. John’s Notes:
Liturgy Schedule
4:30 PM
8:00 PM
8:00 AM
(Glen Haven)
All Parishioners
Living and deceased members of
the George McKinney family
(Patch Grove)
9:15 AM Jim Wagner
10:30 AM LeRoy & Patricia Schauff and
Jacob, Frances and Brian Adrian
8:15 AM Kathy Standard
9:00-10:00 Adoration
(St. Charles)
8:15 AM Clarence & Emma Eversoll
5:00 PM
7:30 AM
8:15 AM
8:15 AM
8:15 AM
Roger Osterhaus
Adoration & Confessions
Frank & Elva Barr (Bloomington)
Odelia “Delia” Gray
Joe Wegmann
4:30 PM
8:00 PM
8:00 AM
9:15 AM
All Parishioners
Ed & Mary Breuer
(Glen Haven)
Betty Laufenberg
(Patch Grove)
Sister Dorothy Bennett and
Betty Hoffman
10:30 AM Todd Infield
Scripture for the week of February 23, 2015:
Ambrose & Delores Glassmaker
Lv 19:1-2, 11-18; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mt 25:31-46
Is 55:10-11; Ps 34:4-7, 16-19; Mt 6:7-15
Jon 3:1-10; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19;Lk 11:29-32
Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Ps 138:1-3, 7c-8;Mt 7:7-12
Ez 18:21-28; Ps 130:1-8; Mt 5:20-26
Dt 26:16-19; Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8; Mt 5:43-48
Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 116:10,
15-19; Rom 8:31b-34; Mk 9:2-10
Everyone is invited to attend St. Mary’s Fish
Fry next Friday, February 27. Plan to gather
with your family and friends to enjoy the
delicious baked and fried Cod Fish Dinner which will
be served from 4:45 to 7:30 p.m. Carry-outs are
The evening will also include a fabulous raffle
with over 70 held in conjunction with the Catholic
Financial Life Branch #34. THANK YOU to the
businesses and individuals who have generously
donated raffle prizes.
Knights of Columbus News:
Tickets for the KC State Charity Raffle are on sale.
Proceeds from this fundraiser support grants to help families in
Wisconsin who are struck with disasters such as fires, storms, sickness, etc. We have extra tickets available—if you would like some
more to buy or sell, contact Joe Breuer.
We start the Lenten season with ashes in a sign of the
cross on our foreheads to remind us of our own mortality.
And in this, we remember that our Savior has shared our
suffering and death through his cross and we hope to share
in his resurrection.
The forty days of Lent include many religious practices and themes for us to participate in:
Lenten Prayer in the Parishes:
This year I have decided to have a regular Lenten
prayer and devotions at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evenings at
each church except during Holy Week when it will be at 7:30
p.m. on Wednesday. Our prayer time will begin with the
Stations of the Cross and Benediction with a reflection and
short time of silent adoration. I hope everyone will be able to
attend at least once and hopefully every week. It is a simple,
but powerful way to draw closer to God this Lent.
Let us give up something for Lent that will remind us
that we are in Lent and a sacrifice is offered for what is wrong
in our world and with us.
How about giving up POP or BEER or
as your sacrifice and then giving the money that you would
have spent on those items to help those in need.
Daily we hear of violence in the world especially
against Christians and religious minorities in Middle Eastern
countries. Catholic Relief Services offers us a way to support
those who are in great need of basic necessities through
donation to the Rice Bowl campaign. This Lent let us be
generous in our almsgiving as we remember to help those who
are the poorest and most in need.
Upcoming Lenten Activities:
Feb. 23– Stations of the Cross & Benediction at 7:00 p.m.
at St. Charles Church, Cassville
Feb. 27– St. Mary’s Fish Fry from 4:45-7:30 p.m.
March 2– Stations of the Cross & Benediction at 7:00 p.m.
at St. Mary Church, Bloomington
Parish Events– THINK SPRING:
It seems like winter will never end and we are
dreaming of spring. So to help drive away the winter
blues, I invite everyone to attend the upcoming parish
events along with the Lenten activities. St. Mary’s Fish
Fry will take place next Friday, February 27, from 4:457:30 p.m. Then on Sunday, March 22, St. Mary’s Parish is
hosting their 2nd Annual Variety Show. St. Charles Fish
Fry is scheduled for Friday, March 27 and the Dueling
Pianos fundraising event for St. Charles will take place on
April 11, at J&J’s Sandbar in Cassville.
Please tell your family and friends about our great
events and please be generous with your participation and
help to make them successful.
World Day of Prayer:
All are welcome (men, women, and teens) to join us for
an hour of prayer for our world at St. Charles School Gym
at 6:30 p.m. on March 5, with refreshments to follow.
St. Mary Church, Bloomington
St. John Church, Patch Grove
Our vision: Faith, Family and Academic Excellence.
Lent is a special and holy time in our school year. We
celebrate Mardi Gras with a wagon parade in our gym
followed by the burial of Alleluia. Each Friday afternoon we
mark the Stations of the Cross. Our third and fourth graders
enact the Passion of Christ before our Easter break. The parish is
invited to participate with us on our Lenten journey as a school.
Tell your friends about St. Mary's and encourage them to
consider a school where faith, family and academic excellence or
offered each day. It's a great time to register your children for St.
Mary School. We offer small classes of faith based instruction to
students who will be four years old and older by September
2015. We have classes for students in 4K thru 8th grade. Our excellent teachers support families and students with a spirit of cooperation
and commitment to academic performance. Call us at 994-2435 to
see why parents choose St. Mary's School.
St. Mary’s Religious Education:
Religious Education Classes for February 25, 2015:
Grades 1-6: 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Grades 7-10: 7:15-8:30 p.m.
Confirmation Class: 7:00-9:00p.m.
St. Mary’s 2015 Variety Show:
St. Mary’s 2015Variety Show on March
22 is only four weeks away! Plan to
attend this fun event and enjoy “Classic TV”
performances from St. Mary’s Parish Players, the
White family, River Ridge Dance team, and many
others. Please contact the parish office (994-2526) if
you would like to be part of the show (singing, skits,
comedy, instrumental performances, etc.)
SCRIP: Winter is here and SCRIP gift cards are a great way
to do your shopping. There are a wide variety of SCRIP gift cards
from local and national businesses. The SCRIP program is online.
Please contact St. Mary’s School if you would like information
about SCRIP or to purchase SCRIP.
St. Mary’s Fish Fry is next Friday, February 27.
Plan to gather with your family and friends to enjoy
the delicious baked and fried Cod Fish Dinner
which will be served from 4:45 to 7:30 p.m. The evening
will also include a fabulous raffle held in conjunction with the
Catholic Financial Life Branch #34.
Please check the Fish Fry Work List to see if you are
scheduled to help. If you are unable to work, please
find a replacement and contact the parish office 9942526 about the change. THANK YOU for your
continued help with making the Fish Fry successful!
We will need LOTS and LOTS of bars for the Fish
Fry. Please sign-up on the sheets at the back or the
south entrance of church if you will be donating bars.
Please sell and return your Fish Fry Raffle tickets.
A huge THANK YOU to St. Mary’s Parish Council
members who have been working hard to plan and organize
the Fish Fry. It is the major winter fundraiser for
St. Mary’s Parish. Please be generous in your
participation and support.
Even thought it is wintery cold
outside, we are very thankful to everyone
who has contributed to the Harvest Fund
which is our annual fundraiser to help pay
our fall, winter and early spring parish
expenses. Joyfully, we have received
$33,166.68 (our goal is $50,000) for this
year’s Harvest Fund. We appreciate all contributions, large or small, and thank the
many generous parishioners for their continued support.
St. Mary’s Collections for the week ending on 2-13-2015:
Church Support….………………………………...………$1,893.00
Offertory Collections………………………………………..$199.00
Harvest Fund Income………………………………..………$300.00
Gifts ……………………….………………………………….$300.00
Memorial Candles…………………………………………….$50.00
Interest from McDermott/Perrin Memorial Fund………$1,890.23
Children’s Collection…………………………………………...$2.00
St. Mary’s families are asked to generously contribute
toward the support of parish expenses. We need to receive
approximately $9,500.00 every week to cover all parish expenses.
St. John’s Collections for the week ending on 2-13-2015 :
Church Support……………………………………………...$105.00
St. John’s families are asked to generously contribute
toward the support of parish expenses. We need to receive
approximately $950.00 every week to cover all parish expenses.
St. John Ministry Schedule for March 1, 2015
8:00 a.m. Mass
Olivia Breuer
Kate Neises
Robert & Pat Hazen
Tom Breuer, Ray Breuer
James & Maria Breuer
St. Mary Ministry Schedule for Feb. 28 & March 1, 2015
4:30 p.m. Mass
Pete Drone
Pete Drone, Dave Kussmaul
Mark & Gwen Herbers family
Gary Mumm, Steve Mergen , Ken Kluesner
Daniel Herbers, Olivia Meyer
9:15 a.m. Mass
Communion: Deb Campbell, Pam Myhre
Jeff & Sharon Davis
Greg & Jane Patterson
Ronnie Mumm, Tony Trento
Johnathon & Gracie Hamann
St. Charles Church, Cassville
St. Charles Announcements:
Thank You’s:
We are deeply grateful for the very generous gift
that St. Charles Parish has recently received from
Margaret Grattan for the needs of the parish.
We are also very grateful for the generous gift that
was bequest to St. Charles from the late Francis Haas for the
special needs of the parish.
St. Charles Fish Fry: Mark your calendars and
plan to attend St. Charles Fish Fry on Friday March 27,
with serving from 5-8:30 p.m. Parishioners are asked to
bring in a dessert or if you don't like to bake a $10.00
donation to go towards food the day of the fry. Thanks!
St. Charles will be presenting the Dueling Pianos once
again this year on Saturday, April 11, at J & J's Sandbar in Cassville. Come for a night of music and comedy to
celebrate spring.
This year's event will once again have a silent and
live auction. Would you like to donate any of these items?
#Vacation/Get away - Donate a weekend or a weeks stay at
your cabin, vacation home or time share.
#Summertime Fun - Donate lawn chairs, a cooler, a grill,
outdoor games, tiki torches or other fun campfire accessories
like hotdog & marshmallow skewers.
#Cash is also greatly appreciated.
Please call Cheryl Junk at 725-5530 prior to
purchasing any of the mentioned items to see if that item has
already has been purchased and donated to this year's event.
St. Charles School News:
We are so excited to have the Early Childhood
students here. They all come to school with smiles
on their faces and are eager to learn from their teacher Mrs.
Jackie Edge-DeShaw. If you want your child / children or
grandchildren to receive an excellent, faith based, education
we offer small class sizes, one on one instruction, and a
standards based curriculum. Scholarships are available to
help offset the cost of tuition and tuition is now deductible!
If interested, please contact the school at 608-725-5173 or
email us at [email protected] for more
St. Charles Borromeo School admits students of any
race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights,
privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or
made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in
administration of its educational policies, admission policies,
scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other
school-administered programs.
Scrip cards are available from Mary Ploessl (7255079). You can also purchase Walmart and BP cards at New
Image Salon, the village clerk’s office, or at St. Charles
school. Thanks to all who support this fundraising program.
St. Mary Church, Glen Haven
St. Mary’s News:
St. Mary’s Redecoration Fund:
We are very grateful for the generous
donations for the redecoration of St. Mary’s
Church. We have received $16,995.00 in
contributions plus $5,200.00 in pledges for
the project. With these funds and $15,000 from parish
savings, St. Mary’s Redecoration Fund already has over
one-half of the $70,000 goal to complete the project. Please
contact Fr. John or a parish council for more information about
the redecoration project or to make a donation.
St. Mary’s, Glen Haven for February 14, 2015:
Church Support……………………………………………...$ 60.00
Offertory………......................................................................$ 76.00
St. Charles, Cassville for February 14 & 15, 2015:
Church Support…………………………………………..$2,185.00
Offertory…………………………………………………..$ 213.01
Gift…………...……………………………………………...$ 500.00
St. Charles suggested giving is $1,400.00 a year for
a married couple and $700.00 a year for a single household.
We deeply appreciate all that you can do. Thank you!
Reflection: “After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee
proclaiming the gospel of God….” – Mark 1:14
Do you ever think about how difficult it must have been for
Jesus to come into Galilee, knowing that John had just been
arrested for teaching the same message that Jesus was proclaiming. It must have taken great love and trust for Jesus to do
what the Father had sent Him here on earth to do. In the same
way, following a life of stewardship takes great love and trust
from us. We must be willing to surrender completely to God,
trusting that God will always give us all that we need to fulfill
His plan for us.
St. Mary’s, Glen Haven Ministry Schedule for February 21, 2015
8:00 p.m. Mass
Theresa Zimmer
Tracy Walz
Doug White, Larry Zimmer
Zach Zimmer, Matt Walz
St. Charles’ Ministry Schedule for March 1, 2015
10:30 a.m. Mass
Thank You to Our Bulletin Advertisers:
We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all
of the businesses who advertize in our bulletin and make the
printing of our bulletins possible! Please thank the business who
are sponsoring our bulletin. If there is someone who would like
to advertise in our bulletin, please call the Bloomington parish
office at 994-2526. The cost for a black & white ad starts at
approx. $6.00 per week.
First Sunday of Lent
Celebrate Life:
Today’s first reading speaks to us of Noah’s Ark. The
flood that God sent upon the world in Noah’s day was a
cleansing of evil. Now, God cleanses us not by floods, but by the
waters of baptism, which bring to us a whole new kind of life: the life
of God within us. Our special efforts in Lent to come closer to God
are a response to what has already happened to us! Because we have
received the new life of God, we have to reform our lives and live as
his sons and daughters. We have to become who we already are. The
holy water we use when we come in and out of Church is a reminder
of the cleansing waters of baptism, and a reminder of the new life we
are called to live.
God is a God of life, and therefore we are the People of
Life. This Lent, let’s look for ways to foster respect for life, especially
the sick, the disabled, and the unborn.
Help is Available:
If you need support for an unplanned pregnancy, please
contact the Women’s Care Center at 608-241-8100.
For more information on pro-life issues, visit, www.feministsforlife or
For abortion recovery help, please visit or
Natural Family Planning Class:
Invest in your marriage. Couples who have learned to embrace their shared fertility as a blessing have discovered their communication, relationship, and love life are better with Natural Family
Planning (NFP). A class offered by Couple to Couple League will
begin on Saturday, March 14, at 9:00 am and continue on 4/11 and 5/9
at St. Mary’s Parish in Bloomington. Classes are also offered in
Madison, Monona, Janesville, and Verona. Questions call Mary at
608-221-9593. Register at:
or email [email protected]
February 22, 2015
*February 27– St. Mary’s Fish Fry
*March 10– St. John’s Food Pantry at 1:30 p.m.
*March 13—West Grant Lions Club Fish Fry
*March 22– St. Mary’s Variety Show
*March 27– St. Charles Fish Fry
*April 5– Easter
*April 11- St. Charles Dueling Pianos Fundraiser at J&J's
*April 14– St. John’s Food Pantry at 1:30 p.m.
*April 19-St. Charles First Communion
*April 26-St. Mary’s First Communion
Everyone is invited to attend the Bloomington Fire
Department’s Chili Supper and Bake Sale on Saturday, Feb.
21, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Bloomington Fire Station.
They will be serving Culver’s Chili, Ma’s Bakery Cinnamon
Rolls and beverage. The cost is $8.00 per person. Afterward
take home some tasty treats from the Bake Sale. The proceeds
will go toward an ATV 6-wheeler.
Anyone who would like to donate items for the Bake
Sale may drop their baked goods off at the Bloomington Fire
Station by noon on Saturday, February 21.
he essence of our lives as Catholics is the
conviction that every life is holy, every life is a
gift, and every moment is a miracle.
-Fr. Bart Timmerman
St. Mary Church #539900
535 Congress Street
Bloomington, WI 53804
608 994-2526
Julie Jentz
EMAIL: [email protected]
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